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3D bioprinter a fair attraction

CHINA’S first self-developed 3D bioprinter, used by scientists to “print” human tissue, is among highlights at the China International Industry Fair, which opens in the city today.

Chinese scientists have used the printer to create human skin, ears and teeth.

Other highlights of the five-day fair are a model of a lunar rover and the world’s first automated LED bulb production line, said the Shanghai Science and Technology Commission.

The fair, which is being held at the Shanghai New International Expo Center in the Pudong New Area, takes green technology, clean energy and intelligent manufacturing as its themes, said organizers.

“The 3D bioprinter is a very promising technology. It can be used to develop tissue and organs to save patients’ lives and make micro-tissue for drugs trials,” said Wang Yungan, president of Shanghai FoChif Mechatronics Technology Co.

“The self-developed printer, which is only 400,000 yuan (US$65,593),  is much cheaper than imported ones that cost about 1.8 million yuan,” Wang said.

He said dozens have been sold to domestic universities and institutions.



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